Naturopathic Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes – How to Regulate Blood Sugar Naturally

Join Chris Habib, B.Sc. (Hons), ND to learn how powerful naturopathic medicine can be for Type 2 Diabetes!

During this jam packed webinar Dr. Habib will cover:
How to improve blood sugar regulation naturally
– Common supplements for diabetes and related complications
– Diet and lifestyle approaches for Type 2 Diabetes
– A patient who was safely able to go off diabetes medication with ND supervision

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About the Presenter

Educated at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as an evidence-based naturopathic doctor, Chris Habib, B.Sc. (Hons), ND is the Chief Financial Officer of a highly successful herb company. He is an entrepreneur and investor who has bought and sold numerous businesses. Dr. Habib also manages health clinics, teaches, works in telemedicine, and oversees an online medical publication.

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Supporting the Success of Students at CCNM and Beyond

September is always a special time at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). We welcome our brand new first-year students from all over Canada and the U.S. and celebrate the beginning of the school year with a Welcome Back BBQ. Second- and third-year students get deeper into the study and application of naturopathic medicine, while fourth-year students intern at our one of our teaching clinics and work one-on-one with patients and their health care needs.

Journey to China

We offer many externship opportunities at CCNM. In early September, a group of third- and fourth-year students, led by CCNM Clinic Supervisor Amanda Zheng, ND, had the opportunity to intern at the Shuguang Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, in China. For one month, students shadowed clinical and teaching activities and learned about the way the hospitals treat patients using a blend of traditional Chinese medicine and conventional approaches. And to cap off the trip, the students delivered a presentation on CCNM and naturopathic medicine to the hosting doctors and residents. See the gallery from their visit.

Student-led research

One of the reasons why CCNM is renowned for research is because students and faculty often collaborate on a wide range of studies, helping to further the profession and naturopathic medicine. To support and promote student-led research at CCNM, we established the Student Innovation Fund. The winners of this year’s fund are third-year students Bisleen and Christilynn, who won a grant to investigate naturopathic care for fibromyalgia at CCNM’s on-campus teaching clinic, the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.

Opportunities for new grads

We had four new clinical residents start with us in August, and all were graduates from the CCNM Class of 2019. They are focused on clinical training and supervising interns at CCNM’s teaching clinics, the Integrative Cancer Centre, or community healthcare clinics.

In the most recent issue of CCNM’s alumni magazine, we featured our new resident, Greg Nasmith, ND, who shares how he prepared himself for residency. In the same issue, Class of 2018 graduate Max Crispo, ND, covered his whirlwind year since graduating, which involved writing licensing exams and a move from Toronto to Hawaii to start a residency position in integrative cancer care.

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Dr. Chris Habib – CCNM

“When you become an ND, you are automatically an entrepreneur. That means you can start any business that interests you and nurture it into something that can make a real impact for others.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

Prior to pursuing naturopathic medicine, Dr. Habib completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto, with a double major in Life Sciences and Psychology. “I knew I wanted to be working in medicine so that I could do something meaningful and connect with people. I also wanted to implement improvements to the way healthcare was being provided to Canadians through the conventional medical system.” Naturopathic medicine seemed to bridge the gap.

Dr. Habib openly admits that at first, he didn’t know naturopathic medicine was the right path for him. “I jumped in without knowing what I was getting myself into, but it turned out to be a fantastic learning experience in an industry ripe with diverse business opportunities.”

CCNM as a springboard

Dr. Habib chose to pursue his naturopathic medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine because of its location in Toronto, where he lives. He also saw that CCNM was the largest naturopathic institution in Canada and thus would include a high-quality curriculum.

“My experience at CCNM was pivotal to my development into a professional, as well as helping me becoming a better version of myself. In hindsight, the ability to complete such a meaningful stepping stone in my education was a huge personal achievement.” Dr. Habib found that the immense amount of learning was motivating and provided an ongoing source of intellectual stimulation.

“Living the dream” after graduation

“Planning for success is difficult when you don’t know what you don’t know. We all try our best. I typically think I want something, go and try to achieve it, only to leave me wanting more when I succeed. I’m on a path of continual self-discovery.” After graduation, Dr. Habib became the first naturopathic research resident in Canada, working at CCNM. He wanted to be a teacher and went on to become an academic instructor and clinic supervisor.

After completing his residency, Dr. Habib discovered his love of business. “Aside from teaching, I opened a clinic, worked for a naturopathic publication, built online courses, saw patients in private practice, started an herb company, bought and sold various businesses, I couldn’t get enough!” Dr. Habib currently spends most of his time as the CFO of the herb company he founded, Perfect Herbs. What started as a side hustle has grown and developed into a fulfilling full-time role, in which he happily serves the naturopathic community.

Finding fulfillment as an ND

Dr. Habib loves the diversity of career options in naturopathic medicine. “When you become an ND, you are automatically an entrepreneur. That means you can start any business that interests you and nurture it into something that can make a real impact for others.” Dr. Habib found that private practice was rewarding, but not ideally suited for his skills. He wanted to help others on a larger scale, which is why he runs companies that help optimize the work and lives of other NDs.

The flexibility of naturopathic medicine allows Dr. Habib to work remotely. He’s able to manage his business on his preferred schedule and has also developed passive business income streams so that he can generate revenue even when he’s not directly putting in hours. It took a lot of work, and a lot of trial and error to get to where he is now.

Join Dr. Habib for a free webinar – Naturopathic Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes – How to Regulate Blood Sugar Naturally

When it comes to diabetes care, naturopathic medicine can optimize blood sugar levels or help with whole-body health to reduce the impact of side effects of medications. In this webinar, Dr. Habib will discuss how naturopathic approaches can regulate blood sugar naturally. Depending on when a patient wants to receive care, naturopathic medicine can provide suggestions on diet, lifestyle, and supplements, sometimes being able to prevent diabetes. He will also provide an overview of his career path and multiple business engagements within the naturopathic industry, which will be useful to anyone considering a career in naturopathic medicine. Click here to register for the webinar.

Advice for aspiring NDs

“My advice to prospective students has changed over the years as I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many graduates through my work. Here’s what I’ve found: Those who work hard will be successful no matter what they do and those who love their work will be successful no matter what they do. So, my largest piece of advice is to first realize that you will be an entrepreneur and second that you need to have one of those things going for you.”

Dr. Habib encourages prospective students to spend time exploring what they might like doing for work, or to shadow NDs to find out what the day-to-day is like. “The more you can find out about what you’re getting into, the more you can be sure it’s right for you. I wish you the utmost success in your journey.”

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Dr. Ellen Wong – CCNM

 I help my patients shift perspectives, so they can empower themselves to make the health changes they want to see.

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

After completing her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences, Dr. Wong considered graduate programs in cognitive psychology and molecular genetics until she found naturopathic medicine. “Naturopathic medicine is the perfect blend of concepts I love – how the human body works and how the human mind thinks. So much of what naturopathic medicine is, is to motivate people to change behaviors.”  Dr. Wong loves the opportunity to work one on one with patients to gain an understanding of their health condition and offer individualized treatment plans to support their healing. “I love that naturopathic medicine embodies health as a combination of physical, mental and emotional aspect.” More importantly, the doctor-patient relationship, “allows the patient to feel heard and understood,” explains Dr. Wong, which is a huge component to unveiling the root cause of illness.

CCNM as a springboard

Raised in Toronto, Dr. Wong chose to pursue her naturopathic medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine to stay close to her friends, family and community. She saw opportunity in the teaching clinic and felt an immediate sense of belonging.

“Anytime you pursue something that challenges you, you grow and you learn. At CCNM, I grew as a person and learned a lot – about naturopathic medicine and myself.” The clinical internship offered hands on experience in patient care along with the mentorship of experienced supervisors. “The challenging pace of the curriculum combined with the humbling patient stories, really taught me a lot about empathy and compassion. It put a lot of what I considered to be stressors into perspective.”

“Living the dream” after graduation

Following graduation, Dr. Wong was accepted into CCNM’s two-year clinical residency program. Shortly after graduation from the residency program, she transitioned into a full-time faculty role at CCNM. In addition to serving as a faculty member, Dr. Wong worked at two practices before establishing her own in Whitby, Ontario.

Dr. Wong continues to explore different ways to offer care to a larger audience through group programs and speaking engagements. “I think there are many ways I can improve the health of those around me, not just in a one-on-on setting of a traditional practice. The longer I practice, the more I realize that I need to adapt and learn to a changing environment. That’s not a bad thing at all, I’m quite excited to see where medicine will go in the next 10, 20, 50 years!”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

Dr. Wong finds fulfillment in her career through treatment and career options.

From a treatment perspective, naturopathic medicine offers many approaches to patient care guided by the principles of evidence-informed practice. “That means we have to make decisions encompassing best available evidence, our clinical expertise and our patients’ values and beliefs. I firmly believe that no matter what tools we have, the most important one is the ability to help motivate our patients (who are willing) to develop healthy physical, mental and emotional habits. You simply cannot have a patient eat a particular diet, exercise a particular way or take a particular pill and expect to change the way your patient thinks. Our thoughts create our reality so at the absolute core of what I do, I help my patients shift perspectives, so they can empower themselves to make the health changes they want to see.”

Dr. Wong appreciates the flexibility of her career. As newlyweds, Dr. Wong and her husband recently returned from their honeymoon. “Traveling is a huge passion of both mine and my husband’s, so the career I chose had to align with that. The great thing about balancing work at CCNM and my own private practice is that it has allowed me the flexibility to pursue the things that matter to me. In my private practice, I do my best to make sure my patients are equipped with that they need (from a health perspective) while I am away. They know they can receive care, should they need it, from a fellow ND.”

Advice for aspiring NDs

As a student, Dr. Wong reflects, “Sometimes I worked hard, sometimes I worked smart. I think that’s how it has to be – both in school and in life.” She dove into the subjects that she loved and recognized her responsibility for understanding parts of the curriculum that did not come as easy to her. “I stayed physically and socially active; put pressure on myself to study and do reasonably well but also recognized that if I didn’t perform as well, it was my responsibility to figure out how to improve.”

She focused on the end-goal of motivating her patients to better heath and contributing to CCNM. “I stayed curious and was both excited and at peace with the fact that I would never learn all there is to learn about medicine.” Knowledge of how to access resources is a valuable tool for successful naturopathic practice.

“When you first step into the halls of any naturopathic college, understand that you are about to learn the foundations of naturopathic medicine. Once you have experience with it all, you can choose to pursue what you deem as valuable and set up your career the way you want to.”

Dr. Wong encourages prospective students to explore career options. There are so many career paths in the naturopathic medical field. You have the flexibility to be your own boss, set your own hours and determine the work-life balance that is right for your family and lifestyle. Your schooling will teach you the foundations of naturopathic medicine, however a great deal of the learning comes from experience. “Choosing medicine as a career means you are choosing to continue to learn. This applies to both the science and the art of practice.”

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Committed to Making a Difference

At CCNM, one thing is for certain – we can always rely on our students and graduates to get involved, both at the school and in the community. Moving the profession forward requires a group effort because it includes many different, but equally important facets. From school events organized by the student body to graduates working in provincial and state regulations, we’re committed to advancing naturopathic medicine at home and beyond.

NDs and careers in public policy

The most recent issue of our alumni magazine, Mind|Body|Spirit, focused on a number of CCNM graduates who are moving the profession forward. All across North America, NDs are using their skills and expertise both at the grassroots stage and with the highest levels of government to ensure the profession’s voice is heard. Read about:

  • Class of 2003 graduate Daphne Jurgens who worked on the federal government’s Cannabis Act in Canada;
  • Nicole Redvers, ND who has worked tirelessly to pass legislation in the Northwest Territories that will change the way NDs practice there;
  • Iva Lloyd ND, who’s ensuring that naturopathic medicine has a global voice through her work with the World Naturopathic Federation.

Mental Health Week

CCNM hosted daily events to mark Mental Health Week (February 4-8) in an effort to get staff and students thinking about how we can boost mental health in positive, beneficial ways. We started with an information session, presented by our chief naturopathic medical officer, Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND, who spoke about the mental health focus at our teaching clinic.

On Tuesday, we held a panel discussion with NDs who focus on mental health in clinical practice. The student-run Botanical Medicine Club led us through a make-your-own-tincture workshop on Wednesday. We practiced our downward dogs during a yoga and reiki class on Thursday, and concluded the week by learning about the benefits of gardening for our mental health.

Mental Health Week was an initiative of Thrive, a program run by the college to demystify mental health, encourage community building, and facilitate opportunities for students to support their own overall health and wellness.

NMSA representation from CCNM

In November, CCNM third-year student Valerie Gettings was selected to be president-elect for the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), an organization which advocates for naturopathic medical students by providing support, tools, and the necessary expertise and connections to help them become successful NDs. Congratulations, Valerie!

Since I have been passionate about the importance of naturopathic students having a voice in their profession since day one of school at CCNM, I am so glad I get to be in this role in order to help students have a seat at the table.

Valerie A. Gettings, CNHP

NMSA president-elect, 3rd year naturopathic medical student, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

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